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Sunday, August 4 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
309 - Future-Proofing Small Archives: Strategies for Transformative Leadership Transitions

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Leadership transitions are never easy, but they are particularly challenging for archives led by one person. Some archives with limited resources experience frequent leadership turnover. Others lose decades of institutional knowledge when long-serving archivists retire. Lone arrangers discuss how to maintain operations, articulate priorities and processes, and sustain relationships with supporters when there is little or no staff continuity, and share strategies for preparing the next leader for success or taking over under difficult circumstances.

Anna J. Kephart: Work in Progress: Handing over the Reins During a Renovation
Dean DeBolt: How to Answer the Auditor about Succession: Capturing 38 Years of Institutional Memory
Caitlin McCarthy: Representation Without Documentation?: Professionalizing a Queer Community Archives
Heather Halpin Perez: When Your Intern Becomes You: Mentoring Your Replacement
Caitlin Reeves: New Professional vs. Old School Access Policies
Michael Seminara: Turnover Whiplash: Archives Leadership in High Turnover Positions
Peter H. Weis: Succession Planning at a Private Secondary School Archive


Facilitators
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Anna J. Kephart

Archivist, Southern Maryland Studies Center, College of Southern Maryland
Anna J. Kephart has been the Coordinator of the Southern Maryland Studies Center, a regional history archive at the College of Southern Maryland, since 2013. She enjoys the challenge of wearing many hats as a lone arranger archivist.

Speakers
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Dean DeBolt

University Archivist/University Librarian, University of West Florida
Dean DeBolt is archivist for the University Archives and West Florida History Center, University of West Florida, Pensacola. Dean holds an M.A. (History) and an M.L.S degree. He is in his 38th year as archivist.
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Michael Seminara

Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, University of South Dakota
Michael Seminara is the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the University of South Dakota. He joined USD in January, 2017 as a project archivist for political papers. He has served as head of the department since August, 2017.
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Caitlin Reeves

Processing Archivist, Columbia Theological Seminary
Caitlin Reeves is the Processing Archivist at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She holds a M.S. in Library Science and a M.A. in History from Simmons College. She is the Atlanta chair of the American Theater Archive Project.
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Heather Halpin Perez

Special Collections Librarian & University Archivist, Stockton University
Heather Perez is the Special Collections Librarian/University Archivist at Stockton University in New Jersey, where she has worked since 2017 as the first professional archivist for the institution. She is a Lone Arranger. From 2006 to 2017, she was the first professional archivist... Read More →
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Caitlin McCarthy

Archivist, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
Caitlin was hired as the LGBT Center's first staff archivist in November, 2017. She cut her library/archives teeth at Queens College (CUNY), the New York Society Library, the New-York Historical Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Peter H. Weis

Archivist of the School, Northfield Mount Hermon (Massachusetts)
My family came to Northfield Mount Hermon when I was 2: so began my archival training. There, I earned a diploma, then a BA at St. John?s College and graduate degrees (Public History, UMass/Amherst; MLS, SUNY/Albany). I've been Archivist since 1999.


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